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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2231932
(54) English Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DROPPED CALLS
(54) French Title: SYSTEME ET METHODE DE TRAITEMENT DE COMMUNICATIONS ABANDONNEES
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04M 3/22 (2006.01)
  • H04Q 7/20 (2006.01)
  • H04Q 7/38 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • AMIN, UMESH J. (United States of America)
  • ROTVOLD, BRUCE E. (United States of America)
(73) Owners :
  • AT&T MOBILITY II LLC (United States of America)
(71) Applicants :
  • AT&T WIRELESS SERVICES, INC. (United States of America)
(74) Agent: KIRBY EADES GALE BAKER
(45) Issued: 2001-11-06
(22) Filed Date: 1998-03-12
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 1998-10-09
Examination requested: 1998-03-12
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
08/838,659 United States of America 1997-04-09

English Abstract

A method and apparatus for processing dropped calls. If, during an established call between two communication devices, a telecommunication network node determines that a communication link to one of the devices has been dropped, the node determines the cause of the dropped communication link and sends a status message to the non-dropped communication device. If a reconnection attempt is appropriate, the node attempts to reconnect to the dropped device. If a reconnection attempt is not appropriate, or if the reconnection attempt is unsuccessful, the non-dropped communication device is connected to a voice mail node. If the reconnection attempt is successful, the call between the two communication devices is re-established.


French Abstract

Procédé et appareil pour le traitement d'appels rompus. Si, durant un appel établi entre deux appareils de communication, un nud de réseau de télécommunication détermine qu'une liaison de communication vers l'un des appareils a été rompue, le nud détermine la cause de la liaison de communication rompue et adresse un message d'état à l'appareil de communication non rompu. Si une tentative de reconnexion est appropriée, le nud tente de reconnecter l'appareil rompu. Si une tentative de reconnexion n'est pas appropriée, ou si la tentative de reconnexion a échoué, l'appareil de communication non rompu est connecté à un nud de messagerie vocale. Si la tentative de reconnexion réussit, l'appel entre les deux appareils de communication est rétabli.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.




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Claims:

1. A method for processing a telephone call between at least two communication
devices comprising the steps of:
determining, during an established call between said communication devices,
that a
connection to one of said communication devices has been dropped;
determining the reason that said connection to the one communication device
has been
dropped; and
determining whether to attempt to reconnect to said one communication device
based
on said reason.
2. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of sending a status
message to
the other communication device indicating the reason that said connection to
the one
communication device has been dropped.
3. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of:
reconnecting to said one communication device; and
re-establishing said telephone call.
4. The method of claim 3 further comprising the step of:
determining a telephone number of said one communication device from a network
node.
5. The method of claim 3 further comprising the step of:
sending a reconnection indication to the other communication device upon a
successful reconnection to said one communication device.
6. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of:
attempting to reconnect to said one communication device; and
if said reconnection fails, connecting said other communication device to
voice mail.




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7. The method of claim 1 wherein said one communication device is a wireless
communication device operating in conjunction with a wireless communication
network
having a coverage area, said method further comprising the steps of:
determining that said connection to said wireless communication device has
been
dropped because said wireless communication device has traveled outside the
coverage area
of the wireless communication network; and
connecting said other communication device to voice mail without attempting to
reconnect to said wireless communication device.
8. The method of claim 1 wherein said one communication device is a wireless
telephone.
9. The method of claim 1 wherein said one communication device is a landline
telephone.
10. A telecommunication system for processing a telephone call between at
least two
communication devices comprising:
means for determining, during an established call between said communication
devices, that a connection to one of said communication devices has been
dropped;
means for determining the reason that said connection to the one communication
device has been dropped; and
means for determining whether to attempt to reconnect to said one
communication
device based on said reason.
11. The system of claim 10 further comprising means for sending a status
message to
the other communication device indicating the reason that said connection to
the one
communication device has been dropped.




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12. The system of claim 10 further comprising:
means for reconnecting to said one communication device; and
means for re-establishing said telephone call.
13. The system of claim 12 further comprising:
means for determining the telephone number of said one communication device
from
a network node.
14. The system of claim 12 further comprising:
means for sending a reconnection indication to the other communication device
upon a
successful reconnection to said one communication device.
15. The system of claim 10 further comprising:
means for attempting to reconnect to said one communication device; and
means for connecting said other communication device to voice mail if said
reconnection fails.
16. The system of claim 10 wherein said one communication device is a wireless
communication device operating in conjunction with a wireless communication
network
having a coverage area, said system further comprising:
means for determining that said connection to said wireless communication
device has
been dropped because said wireless communication device has traveled outside
the coverage
area of the wireless communication network; and
means for connecting said other communication device to voice mail without
attempting to reconnect to said wireless communication device.
17. The system of claim 10 wherein said one communication device is a wireless
telephone.




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18. The system of claim 10 wherein said one communication device is a landline
telephone.
19. The method of claim 8 wherein said step of determining the reason that
said
connection to the one communication device has been dropped further comprises
the step of:
analyzing a mobile assisted handoff list previously received from said
wireless
telephone.
20. The method of claim 8 wherein said step of determining the reason that
said
connection to the one communication device has been dropped further comprises
the step of:
performing statistical analysis of a wireless telephone communication system.
21. The system of claim 17 wherein said means for determining the reason that
said
connection to the one communication device has been dropped further comprises:
means for analyzing a mobile assisted handoff list previously received from
said
wireless telephone.
22. The system of claim 17 wherein said means for determining the reason that
said
connection to the one communication device has been dropped further comprises
the step of:
means for performing statistical analysis of a wireless telephone
communication
system.

Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DROPPED CALLS
Field of the Invention
This invention relates generally to telecommunication call processing and more
particularly to processing dropped calls.
Baclqround of the Invention
Although current telecommunication systems are generally highly reliable,
there
are occasions in which an established telephone call between two devices will
be
prematurely dropped. In a wired telecommunication system established calls are
dropped very infrequently.
In a wireless telecommunication system, such as a cellular telephone system,
established telephone calls are dropped somewhat more often than in the wired
system.
'There are a number of reasons why a telephone call with a wireless telephone
may be
dropped. One reason for dropped calls is that the wireless telephone has left
the
coverage area of the wireless system. As is well known, cellular telephone
systems are
divided into cells, each of which is served by a base station which
communicates with
wireless telephones (i.e., mobile telephones) located within the cell. All the
cells
together make up the coverage area of the cellular system. If a mobile
telephone travels
outside the coverage area, the wireless communication channel between the
mobile
telephone and the wireless system will be lost and the call will be dropped.
In some
situations the mobile telephone may be entering the coverage area of another
cellular
service provider. In such a case, the call may continue only if the mobile
telephone has
roaming privileges in that other cellular system.
Another reason that an established call may be dropped in a cellular system is
due to handoff. As is well known, when a mobile telephone travels from one
cell to
another cell, the call is handed off from the base station serving the one
cell to the base
station serving the other cell. In some situations the base station serving
the other cell
may not have any radio channels available for communication with the mobile
telephone at the time of the handoff. In such a situation the established call
with the
mobile telephone will be dropped. Another reason for dropped calls in a
cellular system


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is coverage holes, which are areas in the geographic serving area which do not
receive
signals from the system for some reason. Such coverage holes include both
indoor and
outdoor areas. If a mobile telephone enters a coverage hole where coverage is
not
available, radio communication with the serving base station will be lost and
the call
will be dropped. Calls in a cellular system may also be dropped due to RF
interference
and equipment failures.
Dropped calls are very inconvenient to callers. Re-establishment of the call
is
left to the parties to the call and neither party knows the intention of the
other party.
This may result in both parties attempting to call the other party, which may
result in
the connection being blocked. Alternatively, both parties may assume that the
other
party is going to initiate the call, resulting in no re-establishment of the
call. The
dropped call situation is worsened in that there is no indication to either
party for the
reason of the dropped call. These dropped calls often result in the parties
not being able
to fully communicate with each other.
Thus there is a need for an improved method and apparatus for processing
dropped calls in telecommunication networks.
Summar~r of the Invention
In accordance with one aspect of the present invention there is provided a
method for processing a telephone call between at least two communication
devices
comprising the steps of determining, during an established call between said
communication devices, that a connection to one of said communication devices
has
been dropped; determining the reason that said connection to the one
communication
device has been dropped; and determining whether to attempt to reconnect to
said one
communication device based on said reason.
In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, in addition to the
status message, the system may determine that an attempt to reconnect the
dropped
communication device is appropriate. In accordance with this aspect of the
invention
the system attempts to reconnect the dropped communication device. If the
reconnection
attempt is successful, the system will re-establish the call between the at
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communication devices. In addition, the system may send a reconnection
indication to
either, or both, of the communication devices to indicate that the call has
been
re-established.
If it is determined that an attempt to reconnect the dropped communication
device is not appropriate, or if the attempt to reconnect the dropped
communication
device is unsuccessful, then the other communication device, which is still
connected to
the system, may be routed to voice mail so that the user of the still
connected
communication device can leave a message for the user of the dropped
communication
device.
In one advantageous embodiment, the dropped communication device is a
wireless telephone in communication with a wireless cellular network via a
wireless
communication link and the steps of the invention are carried out by a
wireless network
node.
Thus, the present invention provides an improved system and method for
processing dropped telephone calls which provides more information to the
users of the
system and which increases the chances that communication between the users
can
continue, either through the re-establishment of the call or via voice mail.
These and other advantages of the invention will be apparent to those of
ordinary skill in the art by reference to the following detailed description
and the
accompanying drawings.
Brief Description of the Drawings
Fig. 1 shows a communication network within which the present invention may
be implemented.
Fig. 2 is a flow diagram showing the steps to be performed in accordance with
the invention.
Detailed Description
Fig. 1 shows a communication network 100 within which the present invention
may be implemented. Network 100 includes the Public Switched Telephone Network
(PSTN) 120 which is a landline network, and a wireless cellular network 122.
PSTN


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120 and wireless cellular network 122 are connected by communication link 124.
The PSTN 120 comprises a central office switch (CO) 104 connected to an
interexchange carrier switch (IXC) 106. PSTN 120 contains multiple COs and
IXCs,
but only one CO and one IXC are shown in Fig. 1 for clarity. PSTN architecture
is well
known in the art and will not be described in further detail herein.
Wireless cellular network 122 comprises a base station (BS) 114 connected to a
mobile switching center (MSC) 110. The MSC 100 is further connected to a voice
mail
node 108 and a home location register (HLR) database 126. The MSC 110 connects
the
wireless cellular network 122 to the PSTN 120 via communication link 124. As
is well
known, wireless cellular networks, such as network 122, generally contain a
plurality of
base stations, each of which communicates with mobile stations within the
geographic
serving area (cell) of the base station. The geographic area of all cells
taken together is
the coverage area of the wireless cellular network. The cell within which a
mobile
station is operating is called the serving cell, and the base station within
the serving cell
is called the serving base station. Each base station is connected to, and
controlled by,
an MSC. The MSC which is connected to the serving BS is the serving MSC.
Depending on the architecture, a wireless cellular communication network may
have
more than one MSC, with each MSC controlling a plurality of BSs. The MSC
connects
the wireless cellular communication network to other networks, such as the
PSTN,
other wireless networks, and other data networks (e.g. Internet).
For ease of illustration, Fig. 1 shows one MSC 110 connected to one BS 114. As
shown in Fig. 1, a mobile telephone 116 is communicating with serving BS 114
via a
wireless communication channel 118. The protocol of the wireless communication
channel 118 may be, for example, the air interface described by TIAlEIA
Interim
Standard IS-136. l, 800 MHz TDMA Cellular - Radio Interface - Mobile Station -
Base
Station Compatibility - Digital Control Channel, December 1994,
Telecommunications
Industry Association (hereinafter "IS-136").


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A conventional call between a landline telephone 102 and a mobile telephone
116 may be established as follows. For purposes of illustration, assume that
mobile
telephone 116 is registered with the wireless cellular network 122 such that
the MSC
110 knows which BS is the serving BS. In this illustration, assume that BS 114
is the
serving BS. A calling party dials the telephone number associated with mobile
telephone 116 at telephone 102. The CO 104 receives the dialed digits and
routes the
call to IXC 106. IXC 106 routes the call to MSC 110. MSC 110 routes the call
to BS
114 with instructions for the BS 114 to establish a wireless communication
channel 118
with the mobile telephone 116. In this manner a call is established between
the landline
telephone 102 and the mobile telephone 116. The MSC 110 stores in its memory
130
the telephone number of both the mobile telephone 116 and, if available, the
landline
telephone 102 in conjunction with the call. The telephone number of the
landline
telephone 102 may be received by the MSC 110 as automatic number
identification
(ANI) information from the IXC 106 in a well known manner. The above described
routing of telephone calls through communication networks is well known in the
art.
As described above in the background section, once a call is established with
a
mobile telephone, there are a number of possible reasons why the wireless
communication channel 118 may be lost. Some reasons are listed below in table
1:


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Mobile telephone traveled outside coverage area
Handoff to cell with insufficient communication channels
Coverage hole
MSC error
Interference from other RF sources
Table 1
Assume for purposes of illustration that the communication channel 118
between the mobile telephone 116 and the BS 114 was dropped for some reason.
The
steps to be performed in accordance with the present invention are shown in
Fig. 2. As
is well known, the MSC 110 is an intelligent switching device and contains a
processor
128 connected to memory 130. Memory 130 contains computer program instructions
which are executed by the processor 128 which control the operation of the MSC
110.
The memory 130 may be a RAM, ROM, magnetic disk, optical disk, or other type
of
computer storage medium. Further, memory 130 may be some combination of such
computer storage media. MSC 110 may also contain other components for carrying
out
other functions of the MSC (e.g. routing) but such other components are not
described
herein and would be well known to one skilled in the art. Although the
functions of
MSC 110 have been described herein as being controlled by processor 128
executing
stored computer program instruction, it is to be understood that such
functions could
also be carried out by hardware, or a combination of software and hardware.
Referring now to Fig. 2, in step 202 the MSC 110 detects a dropped call. MSC
110 is able to detect when a communication channel between an BS and a mobile
telephone has been dropped by, for example, recognizing a loss of signaling
information
over the digital traffic channel in a manner which is well known in the art.
In step 204
the MSC 110 determines the cause of the dropped call. One way to determine the
cause
of the dropped call is to analyze the Mobile Assisted Handoff (MAHO) list sent
to the
MSC 110 from the mobile telephone 116. In accordance with IS-136 each mobile


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telephone measures the signal strengths it is receiving from the base stations
in nearby
cells, and periodically transmits this list of signal strengths (the MAHO
list) to the MSC
1 I O which uses the list to determine how to handle handoffs for that mobile
telephone.
It is possible, by analyzing the MAHO list sent by a mobile telephone, to
determine that
the mobile telephone has left the coverage area of the wireless cellular
network. The
MSC 110 may also determine the cause of the dropped by performing statistical
and RF
analysis of the system. For example, over time calls in a particular
geographic location
may be susceptible to being dropped. Through statistical analysis the MSC 110
may be
able to determine that a call which is dropped while the mobile telephone 116
is within
that geographic area has been dropped due to a coverage hole. Similarly, if a
call is
dropped in an area which otherwise has been statistically low in dropped
calls, the MSC
110 may determine that the call was dropped due to intermittent RF
interference from
other RF sources.
In step 206, the MSC 110 sends a status message to telephone 102. It is noted
that although the wireless communication channel 118 between the BS 114 and
mobile
telephone 116 has been dropped, there is still a connection between telephone
102 and
MSC 110 via CO 104, IXC 106, and communication link 124. MSC 110 keeps this
connection established even though it has detected the dropped communication
channel
118. Thus, in step 206, MSC 110 generates a voice message using interactive
voice
response (IVR) processor 112. IVR processors are well known and will not be
described
in detail herein. It is noted that in Fig. 1 IVR processor 112 is shown as
part of MSC
110. In alternate embodiments IVR processor 112 may be a separated network
node
which is in communication with MSC 110.
Assume for purposes of illustration that the reason for the dropped
communication channel was that the mobile telephone 116 entered a cell in
which the
serving BS did not have an available radio communication channel and therefore
handoff was unsuccessful. In step 206 a voice message such as: "The mobile
customer
you were connected to has traveled to a location in which radio communication
is
temporarily not possible", is sent to the telephone 102 from the IVR processor
112 in
the MSC 110.


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In step 208 the MSC 110 determines whether a reconnection attempt is
appropriate. Depending on the reason for the dropped communication link, an
attempt
to re-establish a wireless communication channel with the mobile telephone 116
may or
may not be appropriate. Table 2 below indicates in which circumstances a
reconnection
attempt is appropriate.
Reason for dropped call Is reconnection
attempt
appropriate?


Mobile telephone traveled outside coverageno
area


Handoff to cell with insufficient communicationyes
channels


Coverage hole yes


MSC error yes


Interference from other RF sources yes


Table 2
In the case where the mobile telephone 116 travels outside the coverage area
of
the wireless network 122, there is a poor chance that the mobile telephone 116
will
re-enter the coverage area within a short time frame, so the system will not
try to
re-establish communication in this case. In the case where the mobile
telephone 116 has
entered a cell which has insufficient radio channels for a successful handoff,
it is
appropriate to attempt a reconnection shortly after the call is dropped. In
such a case, it
is possible that some radio channel becomes available shortly after the call
is dropped
due to some other mobile telephone operating in the cell ending a call and
thus freeing
up a radio channel for the mobile telephone 116. In the case where the mobile
telephone
116 has entered a coverage hole, it is appropriate to attempt a reconnection
shortly after
the call is dropped. In this case, it is possible that as the mobile telephone
116 moves, it
will exit the coverage hole shortly after entering it. In the case of an MSC
error, it is
appropriate to attempt a reconnection shortly after the call is dropped. For
example, one
type of MSC error is when the MSC breaks a communication link between the
serving


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base station and the mobile telephone prior to establishing a new
communication link
between the mobile telephone and a new base station during handoff. In this
situation, it
is appropriate to attempt a reconnection shortly after the call is dropped. In
the case of
interference from other RF sources, it is appropriate to attempt a
reconnection shortly
after the call is dropped because it is possible that the source of the RF
interference has
been removed.
If it is determined in step 208 that reconnection to the mobile telephone 116
is
not appropriate, then in step 218 the MSC 110 routes the call from telephone
102 to a
voice mail node 108. In addition, the MSC 110 via IVR processor 112 may send a
message to the user at telephone 102 indicating that reconnection will not be
attempted
and that the call is being transferred to voice mail. Upon being connected to
the voice
mail node 108, the user of telephone 102 may then leave a message for the user
of
mobile telephone 116. The method steps end at step 220. In an alternate
embodiment,
instead of automatically routing the call from telephone 102 to voice mail
node 108, the
user of telephone 102 could be presented with the option of whether he/she
wants to be
connected to voice mail node 108.
If it is determined in step 208 that reconnection to the mobile telephone 116
is
appropriate, then in step 210 the MSC 110 attempts to re-establish a wireless
communication channel with mobile telephone 116. This step may be accompanied
by a
message from the MSC 110, via IVR processor 112, to the landline telephone 102
indicating that a reconnection attempt is in progress. The reconnection
attempt to the
mobile telephone 116 may include steps similar to those when a new call to the
mobile
telephone 116 comes in to the MSC 110. As described above in conjunction with
the
description of routing the original call, the MSC 110 stores in its memory
130, the
telephone number of both the mobile telephone 116 and, if available, the
landline
telephone 102. Thus, the attempt to reconnect may include the MSC 110, via BS
114
(or some other BS connected to MSC 110 if appropriate), paging the mobile
telephone
116 to indicate that there is a call for the mobile telephone 116. The paging
of a mobile
telephone to indicate that there is a call waiting for that telephone is well
known and
will not be described in detail herein. In an alternate embodiment, instead of
automatically attempting to re-establish a wireless communication channel with
mobile


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telephone 116, the user of landline telephone 102 could be presented with the
option of
whether he/she wants to be reconnected to mobile telephone 116. If the user of
landline
telephone 102 chooses not to be reconnected to mobile telephone 116, the call
could be
routed to voice mail node 108 as described above in conjunction with step 218.
5 In step 212 it is determined whether the reconnection attempt was
successful.
This determination may be made, for example, by attempting to reconnect for a
period
of time, and if reconnection is not made within that period of time, the
reconnection
attempt is deemed unsuccessful. Alternatively, this determination may be made
by
attempting to reconnect for certain number of attempts, and if reconnection is
not made
10 within a number of attempts, the reconnection attempt is deemed
unsuccessful.
If it is determined in step 212 that the reconnection attempt was not
successful,
then control is passed to step 218 in which telephone 102 is connected to
voice mail
node 108 as described above. If it is determined in step 212 that the
reconnection
attempt was successful, then in step 214 the MSC 110 re-establishes the
telephone call
between telephone 102 and mobile telephone 116. This may be done, for example,
by
bridging the connection between telephone 102 and MSC 110, which connection
was
held by the MSC 110, with the newly established connection with mobile
telephone
116. In addition, immediately preceding the bridging of the calls, the MSC
110, via IVR
processor 112 or other means, may send a reconnection indication to the
telephone 102
indicating that the reconnection attempt was successful. Such reconnection
indication
may be, for example, a voice message, distinctive ring, alphanumeric message
in
conjunction with a display screen (e.g., caller ID), or a DTMF tone sent to
the telephone
102. Also immediately preceding the bridging of the calls, the MSC 110, via
IVR
processor 112 or other means, may send a reconnection indication to the mobile
telephone 116 indicating that the current call is a re-establishment of the
previous
dropped call. The method ends in step 220.
In an alternate embodiment to that shown in Fig. 2, step 206 could be
incorporated into step 210 and step 218 such that the status message is sent
to the
non-dropped device after the MSC 110 has determined whether a reconnection
attempt
is appropriate in step 208.


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The foregoing Detailed Description is to be understood as being in every
respect
illustrative and exemplary, but not restrictive, and the scope of the
invention disclosed
herein is not to be determined from the Detailed Description, but rather from
the claims
as interpreted according to the full breadth permitted by the patent laws. It
is to be
understood that the embodiments shown and described herein are only
illustrative of the
principles of the present invention and that various modifications may be
implemented
by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the
invention.
For example, the embodiment described in the Detailed Description shows the
MSC
110 performing the steps of the invention when a communication link to the
mobile
telephone 116 is dropped. In a similar manner, the MSC 110 could be configured
to
perform the steps of the invention when a communication link to a landline
telephone is
dropped. Furthermore, the CO 104 or the IXC 106 could be configured to perform
the
steps of the invention when a link to the landline telephone 102 or the mobile
telephone
116 is dropped. Thus, the present invention is not limited to any particular
type of
communication device or network node, but the principles of the invention can
be
applied to any combination of communication devices and network equipment.
Such
embodiments could be implemented by one skilled in the art given the
disclosure
herein.

A single figure which represents the drawing illustrating the invention.

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Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 12 2010-03-12 $250.00 2010-02-08
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 13 2011-03-14 $250.00 2011-02-16
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 14 2012-03-12 $250.00 2012-02-17
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 15 2013-03-12 $450.00 2013-02-14
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 16 2014-03-12 $450.00 2014-02-17
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 17 2015-03-12 $450.00 2015-02-12
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 18 2016-03-14 $450.00 2016-02-10
Current owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Current Owners on Record
AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
Past owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Past Owners on Record
AMIN, UMESH J.
AT&T MOBILITY II, LLC
AT&T WIRELESS SERVICES, INC.
CINGULAR WIRELESS II, INC.
CINGULAR WIRELESS II, LLC
NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS SERVICES, INC.
ROTVOLD, BRUCE E.
Past Owners that do not appear in the "Owners on Record" listing will appear in other documentation within the application.

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